Other FFU Services

Centers of Social Responsibility

FFU has several centers of Excellence on social responsibility that apply state-of-the art knowledge and culturally appropriate technology run by our professors, lecturers, and individual as well as organizational associates. These include:

 

  • Center for Alternative Source of Energy for the Poor developing, expanding, and training use of affordable and cost-effective solar and wind energy,
  • Advocacy Center for Patients' Rights raising community awareness through media and social marketing about the plight of patients and their families to reduce stigma, encourage seeking proper treatment, and promoting strategies of prevention;
  • Center for Entrepreneurship for Women, Youth, & the Poor providing training, developing microfinancing, and supervising them closely for success;
  • Center for Dialogue and Democracy to advance reasoned social dialogue, peace, and democracy.

 

Hosting Researchers

The FFU has a program for hosting researchers who are carrying out theses, dissertation, or independent research on topics related to Somali society particularly and the Horn of Africa generally. The University provides the following to assist the researcher:

  • Living in the FFU Guest-house with security with other necessary amenities;
  • Orientation to Somali culture or contiguous cultures through seminars and informal exchange;
  • Teaching Somali, Oromo, or Amharic according to the researcher’s language of interest;
  • Identifying local assistant(s) in collecting data & linking the research to the community;
  • Visa acquisition, logistic support, and living quarters according to the researcher’s needs.

 

Note: FFU charges reasonable fees for these services or negotiates in-kind teaching of courses.

 

Student Exchange Program

FFU has an exchange program for undergraduate and postgraduate students during the academic year or in the summer for a period of 2-4- or 8 months, as desired by the student and approved by his or her university.

 

Prior to the student’s arrival, FFU and the student’s university administration or faculty member negotiate on terms of their collaboration and matters concerning security, the student’s goals, and FFU’s responsibilities. While specialized program for each student can be arranged,

 

FFU ordinarily provides the following services to exchange students:

  • Arrangement for living in the FFU Guest House or with families known for their integrity and respect for our guests;
  • Orientation to Somali culture or contiguous cultures through seminars and informal exchange;
  • Seminars on specific topics of interest to exchange students;
  • Tours of historic sites (like the ancients cave paintings), observing pastoral living, etc.;
  • Visa acquisition, logistic support, and living quarters according to the researcher’s needs.
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FFU charges reasonable fees for these services or negotiates in-kind of exchange students, faculty, or other means of reciprocity between the FFU and the university of visiting students.